Tuesday, April 15, 2008

China Gets The Gold Medal For Executions

China would execute an estimated 374 people during the Olympic Games in Beijing, the human rights group Amnesty International said on Monday, citing an average calculation.

A new league table of executions put China at the top, having admitted using capital punishment 470 times last year, the London-based group said, while adding that campaigners believed the figure was closer to 8 000.

"As the world's biggest executioner, China gets the gold medal for global executions," said Amnesty's British director Kate Allen.

"According to reliable estimates, on average, China secretly executes about 22 prisoners every day - that's 374 people during the Olympic Games," she said.

Amnesty urged the International Olympic Committee as well as individual athletes to press for greater openness about executions by China, which will host the Olympics in Beijing from August 8-24.

Nearly 70 crimes can carry the death penalty in China, including tax fraud, stealing VAT receipts, damaging electric power facilities, selling counterfeit medicine, embezzlement, accepting bribes and drug offences, Amnesty said.

"Everyone involved in this year's Olympics should be pressing China to reveal the extent of its use of the death penalty, to reduce the 60-plus crimes for which it can be imposed and to move toward abolition," said Allen.

Other countries highlighted in the league table of executions included Iran, where the number rose from 177 to 317 last year, and Saudi Arabia, where the total more than tripled, from 39 to at least 143.

In total the figures showed there were 1 250 people executed worldwide last year, down from 1 591 in the previous 12 months, it noted.

But the group said China classified the death penalty as a state secret. "As the world and Olympic guests are left guessing, only the Chinese authorities know exactly how many people have been killed with state authorisation. The secretive use of the death penalty must stop, the veil of secrecy surrounding the death penalty must be lifted."

"Many governments claim that executions take place with public support," it said.
"People, therefore, have a right to know what is being done in their name," the group added in a statement.


In a report earlier this month, Amnesty warned that China's human rights record was getting worse as Beijing attempts to present a united front by cracking down on dissent.

Amnesty urged the Olympic committee and the international community to maintain pressure on Beijing, "lest the silent presence of world leaders with influence be used as a tacit endorsement of the human rights violations."

China's hopes of winning international prestige by sending the Olympic torch through 135 cities on five continents before the Games has already been severely dented.

The early stages in London and Paris were overshadowed by demonstrations against Beijing's repression of protests in Tibet, and the San Francisco leg was also drastically curtailed and seen by relatively few people. (Sapa-AFP)
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Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Platinum Medal should be shared by Japan & Germany which from 1939 to 1945 managed to kill in cold blood 90 million people ==>15 million people a year

5:10 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The useless Amnesty International should just shut up about China.
What have they done about Dafur?
Where are they when women are stoned to death in islamic countries. Their hypocrisy is most nauseating.

5:14 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why not we copy some of it over here, like execution for grave corruption??
Oh, I forgot, our hudud law has taken care of that i.e. corruption (taking money illegally) is like stealing, so these corrupt scums should have their hands amputated.

12:37 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous SM said...

If you were to follow China & execute all the corrupted officals, then we won't have a Government Cabinet anymore. In fact the BN would probably lose 95% of their Elected Reps!

2:41 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

so sensitive when china is demonised!!!where's your morality?...very selective eh...racists..

2:13 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

don't drag islam into it....discuss only china...it's not exactly a heaven on earth...and please accept criticisms of your brethrens.. they're no angels..

2:15 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What's all these nonsense...china execute its own people. Are they living in the stone age where laws do not mature? So accept the fact and try to make some constructive comments. But don't take jabs at Amnesty International or some other religion. You people are such hypocrites its nauseating...(just echoing one of the comments)

2:22 PM GMT+8  

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